Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option, partially funded by and located on the grounds of Southland Park Gaming & Racing, successfully places retired racing greyhounds in loving homes year after year. Southland Park helped establish MSGAO in 1991 as a non-profit group in West Memphis.
Most racing greyhounds are born on a farm and trained to race from an early age. Greyhounds start racing at around 18 months, and usually retire from ages 2 to 4.
MSGAO Director, Vicki Cohen, says that the adoption agency does not euthanize any of the retired dogs, and with the support Southland Park, MSGAO has seen awareness grow and adoptions increase.
Retired racing greyhounds have proven to be great companions at home. MSGAO volunteer Rachel Hogue explains: "They know how to take retirement seriously. They are bigger couch potatoes than you are. They’re the fastest dogs on the block but don’t brag about it. Greyhounds are very clean, healthy, and don’t need much exercise. You know what you’re getting when you adopt an adult dog; they require much less work than a puppy."
MSGAO continues to be a valuable asset to the West Memphis community. It currently places in new homes an average of 130 greyhounds per year and can provide temporary homes for 30 dogs awaiting adoption at any one time. MSGAO employs a director, three kennel staff members and a board of directors. The organization also relies on an invaluable volunteer base from West Memphis and surrounding communities.
If you would like more information on how to adopt one our retired stars, call (870) 735-7317 or visit www.msgao.org